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Different varieties of sweets served on a Pumsavana function.

Pumsavana (Sanskrit: पुंसवन, Puṁsavana) (literally: engendering a male issue) is the second of the 16 saṃskāras (sacraments) practiced by the Hindus.[1] It is performed in the third or fourth month of pregnancy. The pregnant women consume one bead of barley and two beads of black grain accompanied by religious chanting. The relatives offer many Indian sweets to the pregnant woman.


  1. ^ Pandey, R.B. (1962, reprint 2003). The Hindu Sacraments (Saṁskāra) in S. Radhakrishnan (ed.) The Cultural Heritage of India, Vol.II, Kolkata:The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, ISBN 81-85843-03-1, p.392